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This morning HKC released Plans for UMKC’s demolition Dickey Mansion Carriage House.   

September 24th will mark the end of the large stately carriage house that was built in 1912 by Walter S. Dickey. The historic structure is being demolished to create an enhanced driveway for a planned addition for the School of Computing and Engineering.  See attached plans.

Historic Kansas City posted the scheduled demolition across our social media platforms twice in August, the response has been overwhelming.  The news has reached over 54,000 individuals, resulted in 420 comments and been “shared” well over 200 times. Also covered by local news outlets.  This morning HKC reached out to the Chancellor and Trustees of UMKC. Letter is separate.

Please continue to share, as public awareness and feedback may help UMKC rethink a simplistic demolition plan to meet their educational space or driveway enhancement needs. We need to help them think more creatively to save a significant building related to the history of UMKC and the City. Further, other, more imaginative institutions have preserved their historic buildings while continuing their growth. They are not inconsistent.

As the carriage house for what is now known as Scofield Hall, the stone building sits just off Rockhill Road on 51st Street. It was part of the 20 acre estate and served as a garage, power plant and caretaker’s home. The stone for the carriage house was quarried on the site and the architect for the estate was Roger Gilman of Kansas City. Mr. Dickey died in 1931, and William Volker, who was interested in establishing the University of Kansas City (UKC), financed the purchase of the property to be given to the University. The mansion, greenhouse and carriage house were the first buildings operated by the University. In the 85 years of University ownership, the carriage house has been used for classrooms, offices, campus security and maintenance functions.

As an institution supported by your tax dollars, tuition and alumni support, it is important that institutional leadership hear directly from constituents vested in preserving the historic fabric on the UMKC campus. Let your voice be heard.

August 28, 2018

2017-18 HKC Most Endangered List

HKC announces our 2017 – 2018 Most Endangered list of buildings and other places around Kansas City at risk of being demolished or of crumbling into obscurity. We do this to draw attention to their plight, and in hopes of attracting new owners, developers, or community groups who will commit to restore, repurpose and maintain their unique appeal. These historic places are irreplaceable community assets that tell the story of the city and its development. The list is a non-exhaustive roster in no particular order and is a call for action by all stakeholders.

This year’s list reflects both the diversity of Kansas City’s historic places and the variety of threats they face. From African American sites to Modern Architecture, to historic resources in Westport, the Old Northeast area, the Country Club Plaza, to categories of resources including historic churches, apartment buildings, closed schools, and commercial neighborhood structures, and individual sites such as Epperson House or Sauer Castle.

For more on the Most Endangered List story – follow HKC on Facebook daily.

July 26, 2018

18th & Vine Design Guidelines

18th and Vine historically served as the epicenter of African American life within Kansas
City. Around this intersection, commercial and entertainment activity blended with
residential life, creating a completely self-sufficient community within the greater Kansas
City area. It was in this area that Kansas City jazz was born with its own distinctive style
that draws upon New Orleans jazz and ragtime. Due to this unique association with the
African American experience in Kansas City and the creation of Kansas City Jazz, the
18th and Vine District is nationally, regionally, and locally significant.

June 28, 2018

Westport Presentation

The Wesport Survey Presentation presented on February 6th to the public.

February 26, 2018

Westport Historic Resources Survey – Final Report

Rosin Preservation completed a historic resources survey of 406 resources in the Westport area of Kansas City, Missouri, roughly bounded by 39th Street, Main Street, 43rd Street, and Southwest Trafficway (Summit Street). The goal was two-fold: to identify resources (buildings, sites, structures, and objects) that may be eligible for listing in the National and/or Kansas City Registers of Historic Places and to identify resources that are not register-eligible.

February 06, 2018

Westport Historic Resources – Survey Form

Attached is the survey form for the Westport Historic Resources.  The report includes 1,218 pages that you can click or scroll through.

Survey Form

February 01, 2018

2017 Preservation Awards

Historic Kansas City is accepting nominations for our annual Preservation Awards.  Award categories cover a broad array of preservation issues in order to encourage nominations from a wide range of professionals and disciplines.  Nominations are due Wednesday, February 21st 2018.  The nomination process is very simple—it will just take a few minutes of your time.   Please fill attached form and send to

The awards ceremony will occur on Wednesday, March 21st at 5:30PM in the Pickwick Plaza.

January 30, 2018